Top seeded UVA knocked out by #4 Florida St. in ACC Semifinals


That sentiment was readily apparent last night, as Zion poured in 31 points and the game-deciding bucket to help the Duke Blue Devils to a spot in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.

David Nichols scored 14 points Friday night and No. 12 Florida State knocked off No. 2 Virginia 69-59 to advance to the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. "So to be in their moment is the very best thing". An incredible night of tournament games has brought us to the final day before Selection Sunday. Only Duke shot a higher percentage (57.8) against the country's top-ranked outfit in terms of defensive efficiency. He said the bench once again came through for FSU, helping the team avoid letting mistakes crush confidence. "More physical, all of it". "I'm just trying to be Zion and play the game I love", Williamson said prior to Duke's 84-72 win over Syracuse in Thursday's quarterfinals of the ACC tournament. Both teams proved worthy of earning a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

A layup by RaiQuan Gray with 6:43 to go gave Florida State its biggest lead, at 62-49. They also shot 83 percent from the free-throw-line and committed just three turnovers in the first twenty minutes of the game.

"[Coach Leonard Hamilton] told us to stay positive, stay confident and stay poised", Kabengele said.

The year before the heated duel in Atlanta, Ferry was the Duke star, scoring 19 points in the championship game in being named MVP.

Three players scored in double figures for the Cavaliers, led by redshirt sophomore De'Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 13 points.

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According to Bracket Matrix, Florida State is looking at a 4 seed right now, and I think they have some real Elite 8 potential, especially if they get the type of draw that Joe Lundardi is predicting.

Even when the Cavaliers did gain possession, Florida State forced almost desperation heaves with the shot clock winding down, with Jerome and Huff both missing badly on three-point attempts.

"You live by the jump shot, you die by the jump shot", Coach Roy Williams said. "But we'll watch the tape and we'll be better from it".

In the second half, Virginia continued to hunt down the lead from a Florida State team that wouldn't give it up easily. But the Seminoles responded by reeling off a 16-5 run, leading to a timeout from Bennett.

"We're fighters", Reddish said. "We had some chances to win the game".

"The way we got back into the game wasn't strategy at all", Jones said. "The way we defended - we got out-toughed, we got outrebounded". "They're physical that way". UVA cut the lead to one after a three by freshman Kihei Clark (Woodland Hills, Calif.). Nichols repeatedly backed down Clark on the low block to sink short jumpers. U.Va. trailed 35-31 at halftime, and the Cavaliers found themselves within striking distance in the second half. "I remember we cut down the nets in the ACC tournament a year ago and we didn't like the way our season ended so this isn't the end all be all by any means so just about tying to figure out how much better we can get between now and Thursday or Friday", Virginia guard Ty Jerome said.